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O.J. Brigance speaks out on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Former Raven O.J. Brigance has been the inspiration behind the team's participation in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral movement in which participants are challenged to either dump ice water on their heads or donate to ALS research.

Brigance, now the team's senior adviser to player development, has lived with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, since 2007. He said in a video posted on the team's website that the challenge has "garnered unprecedented support and awareness for the ALS community.

"We all have to thank Peter Frates for coming up with the challenge to make ALS a relevant topic," Brigance said in the video. "This has been a fun way to get the world talking about ALS. However, I want to challenge everybody not just to talk or to just accept the Ice Bucket Challenge, but to give.

"Please go to my website, BriganceBrigade.org, to make the donation to help us fight ALS. Keep the ice buckets dumping, everybody."

The Ravens have been heavily involved in the challenge. On Wednesday, wide receiver Jacoby Jones accepted his teammate Torrey Smith's challenge. Kicker Justin Tucker took the challenge Monday, as did coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome.

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